Review: Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley
Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012
This welcome return of the fantastic six piece band from the Stoke -on -Trent area wowed the club faithful and gave a terrific show of
blues, influenced by the music of the 50’s and the American Chicago blues format.
The band, as well as doing the standard covers from the best of blues from both sides of the Atlantic, have now produced their own material, and it’s sensational. Their first venture was an ep entitled ‘Salt Glazed Blues’ which was ‘Plan A’ – this they have followed up with a 12 track cd, entitled ‘Sweet Thing,’ cut at the same studios in Stoke. This latest cd has won an award for their 2011 debut blues album in the U K from the Blues Underground Network.
Graham ‘Mr G’ Sells, on vocal and guitar, has a voice tailor-made for the blues and it is said that he keeps it in tip top condition on a diet of rusty nails, screws, and razor blades – ideal. In contrast Rob Wilkinson, ‘Cry Baby’, on blues harp and vocal has had a lung transplant made of the finest leather and hand sewn with high quality wire thread, this is obvious when they duet together and Rob’s harp playing, is just sensational. Vince ‘The Guvnor’ Cutcliffe is on lead guitar and backing vocal , a pressure job but well within his capabilities, stunning.
The rhythm section pumping the life blood through the veins of the band was on bass guitar and backing vocal Trev ‘Roll Up ‘ Pinson
and the time keeper Andy ‘Motor ‘ Carr – safe hands here, no bother.
The icing on the cake of this brilliant band is Freddie ‘Fedora’ Pirotta, on keyboards and electric accordion, his busy fingers a blur and I
liked the cover they did of Stevie Winwood’s, ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ – superb.
This band I have heard before and they just get better and better they are accomplished musicians of the highest calibre and it shows.
If this band is playing at a venue near you then they are well worth your support, if you like your blues you’ll love these guys.
Keith Blackledge, Music Reviewer for the Northwest.